Race for Titans wantaway Roberts hots up
And the winner is?
The race to secure the prized signature of released Titan James Roberts gathered momentum over the weekend with at least three NRL clubs finalising their offers to secure the services of the young try-scoring sensation.
APN understands his management team want the star centre's future ironed out this week.
St George-Illawarra, South Sydney and Brisbane are the front-runners, although the Broncos have less space available under their salary cap.
Reports at the weekend also had Rabbitohs superstar Greg Inglis linked to a move to a rival NRL club, with Brisbane's name again tossed up after it narrowly missed out on his signature in 2010.
Roberts, 22, who has some baggage after previously being shown the door by Penrith and South Sydney, is chasing a multi-year deal of $400,000-a-season plus.
He scored 16 tries for the Gold Coast last season and stamped himself as one the competition's premier attacking players.
He recommitted to the Titans on a three-year deal in September, but the discovery of a forged signature by a Titans official on his contract enabled him to reject a revised offer and test the open market.
Roberts and his management are understood to have had talks with the Dragons, and have arranged a meeting with South Sydney coach Michael Maguire to discuss returning to the club which sacked him for repeated discipline breaches as a teenager.
Meanwhile, the US Hawks, surprise quarter-finalists at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, became the 11th team to qualify for the 2017 tournament, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, after downing Canada 34-24 in Florida.